Saturday, December 2
3-7 PM no reservations needed
$15

Los Angeles natural wine orange organic biodynamic
 Road weary, we rolled into Palermo, ill-tempered and spiritually fatigued from endless roadwork delays on the autostrada. A trip that should have taken just a few hours stretched to twelve, and driving in Palermo during evening rush hour is, even for an ex-New Yorker, a harrowing experience. Amidst stray dogs, moldering garbage piled high, a legless man motioned us to park in a spot he was guarding with his body, and my wife, raised in the Lower East side, asked in despair, “why did you take me to the East Village, 1975?” Later, we learned that there was an ongoing sanitation strike, but even without that knowledge we came to enjoy this shabby, slightly meshuggah and chaotic old town, and it became metonymic for something essential about Sicily itself. Sicily is kind of a raw place, hard hit during WWII (large swaths of the La Kalsa in Palermo remain undeveloped, boxes of roofless rubble behind their facades), but also hard hit from centuries of successive colonization by civilizations that are long-dead, yet leave their traces everywhere you look. Perhaps this is a pathetic fallacy, but I can’t help but see the traditional wines of the island as a reflection of this, with some of the most exciting stuff happening on high-elevation vineyards on the slopes of an active volcano, Mt. Etna, where at any moment, a lava flow may destroy a vineyard that’s been worked for over 100 years. We’re pouring two wines today from this crazy mountain, one white, the other red, plus two reds from elsewhere on the island.Salvo Foti “Aurora” Etna Bianco 2016
Occhipinti “Il Frappato” Terre Siciliane 2015
Lamoresca “Mascalisi” Sicilia 2015
Romeo del Castello “Allegracore” Etna Rosso 2015

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